Friday, March 22


Chinua Achebe: The Art of Fiction No. 139

An interview with the late writer.


Iraq's Baby Noor

Born with spina bifida, Noor al-Zahra Haider entered the media spotlight in 2005 after U.S. troops arranged her life-saving surgery in America. This is what happened when she returned to Iraq.

Thursday, March 21


A Court Of No Appeal

How one obscure sentence upset the New York Times.


The Legend of Chris Kyle

A profile of the deadliest sniper in American history, who was murdered last month by a fellow soldier.


Pitch Battles

Conspiracy theories, utopian fantasies, and cult involvement surrounding the international standard of musical tuning.


Noise Kills

Living with – and dying because of – hyperacusis, a condition that grossly intensifies hearing.

Wednesday, March 20


See No Evil: The Case of Alfred Anaya

Alfred Anaya was a genius at installing secret compartments in cars. If they were used to smuggle drugs without his knowledge, he figured, that wasn’t his problem. He was wrong.

Longform Podcast #33: Rolf Potts

Rolf Potts is a veteran travel writer.

"Instead of seeking out the stories, the stories sort of found me. I miss those days. I mean, I make more money from my writing now and I'm probably a better journalist. But having seven-day weeks to wander, month after month, for two years, was a great way to find real and spontaneous and human travel stories."

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Show Notes »

Murder of Football Player Shakes Town

Amidst the football-obsessed culture of small-town Christian colleges in Kansas, a player is killed at a party.


The Hostage

The author tells the story of his kidnapping by militants in Syria.